Green-Ellis records career day against the Jets

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Green-Ellis records career day against the Jets

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Moving the chains is the name of the game. And BenJarvusGreen-Ellis doesnt get the credit he deserves in that regard.

The Patriots running back had his first 1,000-yard rushingseason last year. And with his 136-yard rushing performance on Sunday night,hes once again on pace for a 1,000-yard season, as hes now rushed for 333 yardsthrough five weeks.

His 136 yards in Sundays 30-21 win over the New York Jetswere a single-game career high for Green-Ellis. It also marks the mostsingle-game rushing yards for a Patriots player since Sammy Morris ran for 138yards in October of 2008.

Green-Ellis credited the career-day to a great week ofpractice.

With the new rules, and only one padded practice a week,its kind of important that we get those things taken care of when we do havethose pads on, said Green-Ellis after the win. We take pride in those things,and to be able to compliment the passing game. Obviously our passing game hasdone well, so we want to be an offense that can kind of do whatever we want todo. Run, pass, or compliment our defense. Those things help when you can keepthe other teams offense off the field.

Green-Ellis helped do just that in the final drive ofSundays win, as he had 9 of his 27 carries in that final drive, helpingmove the chains and keep possession for 6:12, forcing the Jets to use all oftheir timeouts.

The drive resulted in a field goal, and gave the Patriots a30-21 lead, putting it out of reach for a Jets team that only had one minute and no timeouts to make two scores.

Thats always nice, you want to end the game that way,said Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins. We would have liked to have gotthat last first down and just killed it that way. But we got down and kickedanother field goal to make it a nine-point game. So thats always nice tofinish the game that way.

He ran great, he always does, said Tom Brady. Hes atough runner. Hes a real smart runner. Hes patient. He sees the holes. Thatwas a big part of the win.

I thought we were balanced, ran the clock out at the end,added Brady. That was important. We needed that win. When we call upon him, weneed him and he makes the plays. That was great.

Green-Ellis now has five rushing touchdowns on the season,and has 18 rushing touchdowns since the beginning of 2010, giving him the mostrushing touchdowns in the NFL, during that span.

Benny, hes a great guy to block for, said Mankins. Hesgoing to read the play out. Hes going to find the right hole. Hes not goingto fumble. Hes going to do the right things. And hes going to give youeverything hes got, so hes a great guy to block for.

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Poll ranks Patriots as NFL's most 'badass' team

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Poll ranks Patriots as NFL's most 'badass' team

Five-time Super Bowl champions. Seven-time AFC champs. Fourteen-time AFC East champs. Now, Bill Belichick's Patriots have another title.

NFL's most "badass" team.

The Tampa Bay Times polled a panel of 43 NFL writers and asked them for the top three most "badass" teams and players in the NFL.

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The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots came out on top with 29 top-three votes. 

Here's a sampling of the panelists' comments:

"They keep winning in a league designed to discourage dynasties." -Terez A. Paylor, Kansas City Star

"Hands down. They take a three-touchdown lead and keep throwing, and throwing, and don't give a damn what anybody thinks." -Tyler Dunne, Bleacher Report

"For a decade they've been toying with and laughing at the rest of the league. The biggest bullies on the block." — Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

"Behind the glitz and glamour of having the game's greatest quarterback, the Patriots ranked among the league's top 10 scoring defenses each of the past five seasons, including No. 1 in 2016." — Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette

The most badass player? Veteran Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The highest-ranked Patriot on the list? Tom Brady at No. 6. Rob Gronkowski was tied with Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack at No. 8. Julian Edelman was among the others receiving votes. 

Here are the full rankings: 

MOST BADASS TEAM 

1. Patriots (29 votes)

2. Seahawks (27)

3. Steelers (18)

4. Raiders (9)

5. Ravens (8)

6t. Broncos (6)

6t. Cowboys (6)

8. Bengals (4)

9t. Cardinals (2)

9t. Packers (2)

9t. Panthers (2)

9t. Texans (2)

Also receiving votes: Chiefs, Falcons, Rams, Titans (1 each)

MOST BADASS PLAYER

1. James Harrison, Steelers LB (14 votes)

2t. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders RB (10)

2t. J.J. Watt, Texans DE (10)

4t. Kam Chancellor, Seahawks S (8)

4t. Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins DT (8)

6. Tom Brady, Patriots QB (7)

7. Von Miller, Broncos LB (6)

8t. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots TE (5)

8t. Khalil Mack, Raiders LB (5)

10. Aaron Donald, Rams DT (4)